Leave no friend hungry
There's no real trick to learning how to throw the best brunch party, because you don't need streamers or handmade candles or ice sculptures to host an impressive brunch. All you need is a few brunch dishes for a crowd, so your guests can eat more than their fill and leave feeling fully satiated. Figuring out what to make for brunch with friends doesn't have to be a challenge, either. The quantities of these big batch brunch recipes might be intimidating, but these dishes don't have to be hard to make to be impressive. Plus, many of these larger scale recipes can be made a day or two in advance of your event, so all you have to do the day-of is heat them up.
The ideal brunch recipes for a big group are not only easy to make, they're also memorable, using fun, unexpected ingredients to dress up an otherwise banal brunch dish. These big dishes should also be beautiful—because if no one wants to Instagram a picture of your brunch party, did it really happen?
So whether you're bringing a dish to a potluck or throwing a whole garden party yourself, here are nine brunch recipes that will dazzle your friends and family at your next brunch.
This recipe for a Doritos quiche is, in many ways, fairly traditional. The quiche filling is simply egg, bacon, and sharp cheddar cheese. But that layer of crushed Doritos on the top takes it to the next level—and turns an otherwise everyday quiche into a totally unique dish to bring to brunch.
Massive Morning Bun
You could make a bunch of small cinnamon rolls for your brunch party, or you could make one massive morning bun like Cory Colton, the pastry chef of Quality Eats in New York City, and serve up slices as needed.
Cilbir with Fried Egg
Cilbir is a Turkish breakfast dish, traditionally made with poached eggs in yogurt with a drizzle of melted butter on top. Make a big batch of this and serve with slices of pita bread that you've warmed in the over, and you've got a banging brunch appetizer.
General Tso’s Chicken and Waffles
This recipe for General Tso's chicken and waffles from New York City's Sweet Chick serves eight people, so you should definitely invite people over to make the most of this Chinese takeout-inspired brunch dish.
Who doesn't want to eat pizza for breakfast? Well, with this recipe for breakfast pizza—loaded with scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, potatoes, and Sriracha—you can do just that. So go ahead and host the breakfast pizza party of your dreams.
Brunch Cocktail Jelly Shots
Brunch with friends is always made more fun when there's booze involved. If you really want to make a drink that everyone will remember, forget the traditional pitchers of mimosa, and make brunch cocktail jelly shots instead.
Baked Breakfast Mac and Cheese
You could make this recipe entirely from scratch, using two types of cheese, or you could hack it and use a boxed mix. Either way, this breakfast mac and cheese, which is packed with eggs, bacon, and even tater tots, will be a crowd-pleaser.
A Dutch baby is, according to Dawn Perry, "essentially a big, sharable popover and easily skews sweet or savory." Baked in a cast-iron skillet, this recipe uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge, so it's great for a last-minute brunch option.
Baked Ziti Benedict
This baked pasta Benedict, with chunks of Canadian bacon and a healthy amount of melted cheese, can be prepped the day before your big brunch party. All you'll have to do is pop it in the over to warm it up and serve to hungry, and soon-to-be very happy, guests.